EN talks to the political contenders
06-May-10by Annie Byrne
With polling stations open, EN has investigated the offers made by the three leading political contenders and how they could affect the events industry.The UK’s event industry is not a sector that gets much oxygen in the manifestos of the top three parties. Our concerns play a distant second fiddle to the concerns of workers in the health, education and immigration sectors.We approached the top three for comment, emphasising the industry’s £22bn worth, and requesting some indication of how the politicians plan to help the exhibition sector.Labour addressed our request for comment with a policy statement, the Tories’ taskforce report on business events and tourism provided plenty of detail on their view and approach to the industry. There’s little scope for Cleggmania on these pages, however, as without direct comment forthcoming from the Lib-Dems, we had to dip into the party manifesto, which turned out to be a little thin on relevant policy.Nonetheless, Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) chairman, Michael Hirst OBE, describes the manifestos as “encouraging” on the whole, with “a recognition of the importance of events to the economy”. For the full report, click here or visit the Features section on the EN website.